It’s Time to Register Your Child for Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp!

A veteran youth camp counselor once said, “School prepares you for college. Camp prepares you for life.”

The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is offering its 15th summer season at Camp Jefferson. Day camp will run for eight weeks from June 25 through August 17 in a safe and natural environment at the township’s 94-acre facility (81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong).

Online registration is now open. Registration is required a minimum of two Tuesdays prior to the week of the child’s attendance. For example, for Week 1, registration must be completed by Tuesday, June 12. Payment in full is due upon registration (if paying by credit card) or within three business days (if paying by cash or check).

Registration includes the submission of the following required documents: health history form, photo of camper, immunization records, and a copy of the front and back of the health insurance card. If the child is ages 3-5, a copy of the birth certificate is also required.

Camp Jefferson’s facilities include a spring-fed lake for boating and fishing, open grass fields, amphitheater, fire pit with seating, numerous themed cabins, main community lodge with full kitchen, recreation hall with table games, basketball courts, picnic pavilion, high and low ropes courses, archery range, 40-foot rock climbing wall with vertical playpen and 250-foot zip line, two ga-ga pits, and state-of-the-art playground.

A discount is given to Jefferson Township residents. Camp Jefferson offers a five-day or a three-day program each week (both 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and campers may choose which days. In five-day weeks, each sibling registered for the same five-day program receives a $10 discount, whether or not they are Jefferson residents.

The following programs are available:

  • Pre-school – at least age 3 (as of June 25) and completely potty trained
  • Elementary – entering kindergarten through grade 4 in September
  • ’Tween – entering grades 5 and 6 in September
  • Teen – entering grades 7 and 8 in September

Camp Jefferson’s program is à la carte. Campers select week(s) of camp and any (or no) options. Before and/or after camp care, electives, special trips, and morning-only bus transportation are available for an additional charge. Lunch options are available four times a week at very reasonable prices. Those who do not choose options will still enjoy an exciting, fun-filled camp day.

Log on to and click on “Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp” for complete information about the program. Click on “Forms Center” and scroll down to “Recreation” to view/print a camp brochure, Online Registration Information through Community Pass, or Off-Site Trips and On-Site Activities Guidebook. For additional information, call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or email

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